Nigeria relaxes restrictions on Emirates Airline

The Federal Government of Nigeria relaxes the restrictions it imposed on Emirates airline flights following the conclusion of negotiations with the airline.

Recall that the government had in March imposed the restrictions after the airline demanded extra covid-19 testing requirements for Nigerian passengers at the Lagos and Abuja airports before departure.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika disclosed this on Friday.

He said, “Today we received communications from Emirates removing some of the conditions for travelling for which we had concerns,”

“Having done that it is necessary to lift the ban on Emirates. This subsequent lifting of the ban is a product of lengthy negotiations between us and them.”

The flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emirates Airline,  had earlier extended the resumption date of flights to and from Nigeria t0 October 10 due to the diplomatic row between Nigeria and the UAE.

Part of the Emirates Airline statement read, “Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai. Affected flight bookings have been cancelled.

“If your flight has been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions due to COVID‑19 restrictions, you don’t need to call us immediately for rebooking. You can simply hold on to your Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with your booking office or us to make new travel plans.”